Virginie Efira

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Virginie Efira
Virginie Efira 2016.jpg
Efira in 2016
Born (1977-05-05) 5 May 1977 (age 39)
Schaerbeek,(Region of Brussels-Capital) Belgium
Occupation Actress, news anchor
Spouse(s) Patrick Ridremont (m. 2002–05) (divorced)
Partner(s) Mabrouk El Mechri (present)

Virginie Efira (born 5 May 1977) is a Belgian actress, and anchor on French Television.

Life and career[edit]

She is the daughter of Professor André Efira, hemato-oncologist, and Carine Verelst.She was first hired by Club RTL (A Belgian TV channel in the RTL Group) to present a children's show called Mégamix. She went on to present other programmes in Belgium, including A la recherche de la nouvelle Star. In September 2002 she was offered the job of the presenter of Belgian's version of Star Academy. After casting to be a weather girl on France's M6 channel, she was soon pushed into the limelight as one of M6's main public faces, presenting shows such as Le Grand Zap, La saga des ..., Follement Gay, Absolument 80/90, Le Grand Piège and Drôles d'équipes. She was the host of Classé Confidentiel for one year, before replacing Benjamin Castaldi as the host of the popular musical reality show Nouvelle Star for the end of the show's fourth series. She also presents various shows on RTL-TVi (a spin-off channel in the RTL Group). Efira was a guest star on the highly successful French show Kaamelott.

Efira's film career took off in 2004, appearing as Dr. Liz Wilson in the French-language version of Garfield: The Movie, as well as playing Piper in the French version of the 2005 film Robots. In 2012, she won the Audience Award at the 2nd Magritte Awards.[1]

In 2010, she participated in Rendez-vous en terre inconnue.

She was married to Patrick Ridremont from 2002 to 2005 when they separated.[2] They filed for divorce in February 2009.[3] She is now in a relationship with Mabrouk El Mechri, with whom she has a daughter, Ali, born 24 May 2013 in Paris.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Barons L'artiste
2010 Kill Me Please Inspectrice Evrard Nominated—Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Dead Man Talking Élisabeth Lacroix
2013 It Boy Alice Lantins
Turning Tide Marie Drevil
2015 Caprice Alicia
2015 Une famille à louer Violette Mandini
2015 The Sense of Wonder Louise Legrand
2016 Up for Love Diane
2016 In Bed with Victoria Victoria Spick


  1. ^ "Magritte : Virginie Efira, la préférée du public". La Libre Belgique (in French). 5 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "La fin d'une belle histoire". La Dernière Heure (in French). 17 August 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Bernard, Sophie (13 February 2009). "Virginie Efira divorce en direct" (in French). Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Virginie Efira est maman". Pure People (in French). 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 


  • This article is based on the translation of the corresponding article of the French Wikipedia.

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